The Equality and Diversity Group
Mission Statement: "Together we are the change"
Objectives: To actively be a company that prides ourselves on equality and diversity amongst our ever growing industry. Raising awareness giving you support and inspriration for you to share our message: "Together we are the change".
"Digme" means achievment. Real achievement for everyone. We want everyone apart of us to promote a positive culture where staff and members are self assured to be their genuine selves.
Chair - Richard Burton
Vice-Chair - Abeer Rodriquez-Thomas
Valuing Diversity and Dignity at Work
Digme Fitness is committed to valuing diversity and seeks to provide all staff with the opportunity for employment, career and personal development on the basis of ability, qualifications and suitability for the work as well as their potential to be developed into the job role.
We believe that people from different backgrounds can bring fresh ideas, thinking and approaches which makes the way work is undertaken more effective and efficient.
The Company will not tolerate direct or indirect discrimination against any person on grounds of age, disability, gender / gender reassignment, marriage / civil partnership, pregnancy / maternity / paternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation whether in the field of recruitment, terms and conditions of employment, career progression, training, transfer or dismissal.
It is also the responsibility of all staff in their daily actions, decisions and behaviour to endeavour to promote these concepts, to comply with all relevant legislation and to ensure that they do not discriminate against colleagues, clients, suppliers or any other person associated with the Company.
In adopting these principles Digme Fitness:
- Will not tolerate acts that breach this policy and all such breaches or alleged breaches will be taken seriously, be fully investigated and may be subject to disciplinary action where appropriate
- Fully recognises its legal obligations under all relevant legislation and codes of practice.
- Will allow staff to pursue any matter through the internal procedures, which they believe has exposed them to inequitable treatment within the scope of this policy. If you need to access these procedures and they are not included in this document, please refer to your line manager or EDG representative.
- Will ensure that all managers understand and maintain their responsibilities and those of their team under this policy.
- Will offer opportunities for flexible working patterns, wherever operationally feasible, to help employees to combine a career with their domestic responsibilities.
- Will provide equal opportunity to all who apply for vacancies through open competition.
- Will select candidates only on the basis of their ability to carry out the job, using a clear and open process.
- Will provide all employees with the training and development that they need to carry out their job roles effectively.
- Will provide all reasonable assistance to employees who are, or who become disabled, making reasonable adjustments wherever possible to provide continued employment. We will ensure an appropriate risk assessment is carried out and that appropriate specialist advice is obtained when necessary.
- Will distribute and publicise this policy statement throughout the Company.
DIGNITY AT WORK
The Company believes that the working environment should at all times be supportive and create an environment that promotes dignity and respect for all individuals. If a complaint of harassment is brought to the attention of management, it will be investigated promptly and appropriate action will be taken.
Types of Harassment
Harassment can be defined as conduct, which is unwanted and offensive and affects the dignity of an individual or group of individuals.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature or other conduct based on sex, affecting the dignity of women and men at work. This can include unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct. People can be subject to harassment on a wide variety of grounds including:
- race, ethnic origin, nationality or skin colour
- gender or sexual orientation
- religious or political convictions
- willingness to challenge harassment, leading to victimisation
- disabilities, sensory impairments or learning difficulties
- status as ex-offenders
- real or suspected infection with a blood borne virus (e.g. AIDS/HIV)
- membership of a trade union or activities associated with membership
What should I do if subjected to Harassment?
If you feel you are being harassed in any way, you are strongly encouraged to seek early advice/support from management or any ED group member. You should also keep a written record detailing the incidents of harassment and any requests made to the harasser to stop. This written record should be made as soon as possible after the events giving rise to concern and should include dates, times, places and the circumstances of what happened. The Company has a formal procedure for dealing with these issues which you can obtain from any EDG representative.
REPORT & SUPPORT
Acts of harassment, discrimination or hate are never ok. You can report something anonymously (EDG representative will not divulge your personal details unless you give us permission to do so), or report something and get support/advice from a member of the EDG team.
If you would like to get in touch about any of these issues, please email EDG@digmefitness
About the Equality & Diversity Group
This new group was set up by the Digme in June 2020. It meets quarterly and seeks to:
- Improve understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion
- Raise awareness of equality and diversity within Digme
- Promote a positive culture where staff and members are confident to be their genuine selves
- Give support and encouragement in order to create an environment of fairness, respect and dignity for clients and staff
The group is chaired by Richard Burton, Digme Instructor/external GM and Bee Rodriquez-Thomas, vice chair.
To find out more and to get involved, email the ED group on EDG@digmefitness